Ah, the first day of spring. A time punctuated by the chirping of birds in the morning, more daylight hours, and… a pile of snow?
It seems that Old Man Winter is keeping a tight grip on Digital Draughts HQ. In light of this unseasonably cold weather, now seems like the perfect time for a scrumptious dark beer and curling up with a heartwarming book.
Over the last few years, I have heard tales of unique and yummy beers being made in Southern Florida. Whispers of a Peanut Butter and Jelly Brown Ale (No Crusts), a Strong Ale with Sweet Potato, Vanilla, and Spices (Sweet Potato Casserole), and a fabled Maple Bacon Coffee Porter were shared by my colleagues who traveled to the area surrounding Boca Raton. At long last, Funky Buddha Brewery’s offerings have made their way north for regular distribution in my town! And how appropriate that the first Funky Buddha beer I encountered would be Last Snow.
Celebrating the, “special time in Florida where the needle dips just south of 70 degrees- even for the briefest of moments,” Last Snow is a rich porter brewed with coconut and coffee. This dark beer has an inviting nose of roasted coconut and milk chocolate. The first syrupy sip is packed with flavors of coconut creme pie. The decadent start softens into a malty body of toasted black bread with butter and brown sugar. The finish is well-balanced between the sweet and bitter tastes of coffee hard candies.
In addition to playing copious amounts of video games, I also enjoy settling down in a comfy chair with a good book. It is a particular delight when these two hobbies intersect. Fortunately, a recent collaboration between one of my favorite artists and the producer of one of my preferred programs resulted in a rather unique children’s book that now sits proudly on my bookshelf.
Written by Tsuyoshi Kan, producer and narrator of Game Center CX (Retro Game Master), and illustrated by Nina Matsumoto, I’m Stuck in a Video Game is a delightful story of a girl’s adventure into a video game. From the Fangamer product page:
“Mina loves video games. But when she gets zapped inside her favorite game, she’ll have to beat all the levels and defeat the fearsome cactus dragon to get out. Luckily, a friendly video game security guard is there to help. Wait, a video game security guard?”
In addition to the whimsical story and fantastic artwork, the English edition of this book includes a special section about about the book’s journey from Japan by the team behind Legends of Localization. Featuring sketches, storyboards, interviews, and an annotated look at the original Japanese edition, this section provides a fascinating look into the development and localization of a children’s book for an overseas audience.
I’m Stuck in a Video Game is a wonderful book for both adults and children. If you are looking for great story time material for kids, or an interesting look into localization, I would definitely recommend picking up a copy from Fangamer!
(All images of I’m Stuck in a Video Game credited to Fangamer)